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The International Journal of Artificial Organs

The International Journal of Artificial Organs


eISSN: 17246040 | ISSN: 03913988 | Current volume: 47 | Current issue: 5 Frequency: Monthly
The International Journal of Artificial Organs (IJAO) publishes peer-reviewed research and clinical, experimental and theoretical, contributions to the field of artificial, bioartificial and tissue-engineered organs. The mission of the IJAO is to foster the development and optimization of artificial, bioartificial and tissue-engineered organs, for implantation or use in procedures, to treat functional deficits of all human tissues and organs.

The International Journal of Artificial Organs (IJAO) is the Official Journal of the European Society for Artificial Organs (ESAO).

The International Journal of Artificial Organs (IJAO) publishes peer-reviewed research and clinical, experimental and theoretical, contributions to the field of artificial, bioartificial and tissue-engineered organs. The mission of the IJAO is to foster the development and optimization of artificial, bioartificial and tissue-engineered organs, for implantation or use in procedures, to treat functional deficits of all human tissues and organs.

The topics of interest range from the initial concept to clinical application, and are grouped in the following independent sections managed by highly qualified Editors:

Apheresis, dialysis and liver support
Joachim Jankowski, Uniklinik RWTH Aachen, Aachen, Germany
Antonio Santoro, Policlinico Sant'Orsola-Malpighi, Bologna, Italy

This section focuses on devices and procedures for blood detoxification processes using membranes or sorbents, such as hemodialysis, hemofiltration, hemodiafiltration, plasmapheresis, immune apheresis, leukoapheresis, and processes for plasma procurement and the preparation of plasma derivatives. The section includes systems for blood detoxification and support of liver metabolic failure..

Cardiac assist devices and artificial heart
Steven Jacobs, UZ Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
Aldo Domenico Milano, Ospedale Borgo Trento, Verona, Italy

This section deals with left ventricular assist devices, trans-apical by-pass, extracorporeal heart assist devices, total artificial heart, valve implants, vascular prostheses, and organ perfusion equipment and techniques.

Artificial lung, ECMO and respiratory support
Khosrow Mottaghy, Uniklinik RWTH Aachen, Aachen, Germany
Filip De Somer, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

This section focuses on prostheses and procedures for the treatment of acute and chronic respiratory failure, development and clinical use of ECMO systems.

Sensory organs and neural stimulation
Manfred Bijak, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

This section covers artificial and bioartificial tissues and organs to replace/correct sensory deficits (e.g., ear, eye etc.), as well as nerve and central nervous system stimulation.

Tissue engineering, bioartificial organs and regenerative medicine
Manuela Raimondi, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy
Dimitrios Stamatialis, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands

This section focuses on the development, characterization and use of bioengineered tissues and organs, and on techniques to investigate and promote tissue or organ self-regeneration including cell therapies.

Biomaterials and nanotechnology
John Hunt, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
Joerg Vienken, Biosciences, Usingen, Germany


This section deals with the development, manufacturing, modification, and characterization of synthetic and natural materials with controlled properties, down to the nanometer scale, that make them capable of contacting body fluids and cells for prosthetic and therapeutic applications.

Personalized medicine and individualized care
Harald Mischak, Mosaiques Diagnostic and Therapeutics AG, Hannover, Germany
Michael Brier, University of Louisville, USA


This section covers genomic, proteomic, metabolomic and computational characterization of pathological conditions, and on how this information may be used to custom tailored treatments based on artificial, bioartificial and tissue engineered organs.

Mechanical prostheses, robotics and medical technology
Marcel Rutten, TU/e University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

This section deals with the development and clinical use of mechanical prostheses and robotic systems, as well with new and emerging medical technologies for assistance of patients with organ or tissue failure, in need of rehabilitation and disease prevention.

Editor in Chief
Prof. Andrea Remuzzi University of Bergamo, Italy
ESAO Editor
Prof. Thomas Groth Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
Founding Editor and Coordinating Editor
Prof. Diego Brancaccio NephroCare, Italy
Honorary Editor
Prof. Claudio Ronco International Renal Research Institute of Vicenza (IRRIV), Italy
Coordinating Editors
Dr. George Dunea University of Illinois, USA
Dr. Tofy Mussivand University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Canada
Dr. Akiba Takashi Tokyo Women's Medical University, Japan
Section Editors
Dr. Manfred Bijak Medical University of Vienna, Austria
Dr. Michael Brier University of Louisville, USA
Prof. Filip De Somer Ghent University, Belgium
Dr. Aldo Domenico Milano University of Bari, Italy
Prof. John Hunt University of Liverpool, UK
Dr. Steven Jacobs UZ Leuven, Belgium
Prof. Joachim Jankowski Uniklinik RWTH Aachen, Germany
Prof. Harald Mischak Mosaiques Diagnostics and Therapeutics AG, Germany
Prof. Khosrow Mottaghy Uniklinik RWTH Aachen, Germany
Dr. Manuela Raimondi Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Dr. Marcel Rutten TU/e University of Technology, The Netherlands
Dr. Antonio Santoro Policlinico Sant'Orsola-Malpighi, Italy
Prof. Dimitrios Stamatialis Unviersity of Twente, Netherlands
Dr. Jörg Vienken Medical Device Technology, Technical University Aachen, Germany
Editorial Board
Prof. Heinrich Schima Medical University of Vienna, Austria
Dr Stephen Ash HemoCleanse, Inc., USA
Prof. Stephen Badylak University of Pittsburgh, USA
Dr. Andrea Buscaroli Ospedale Santa Maria delle Croci, Italy
Dr. Kenneth M.C. Cheung University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Prof Zhanfeng Cui Oxford University, UK
Prof. Peter Czermak University of Apllied Sciences Giessen, Germany
Dr. Angel De Francisco Universidad de Cantabria, Spain
Dr Alicia J. El Haj Keele University, UK
Dr. Fabrizio Fabrizi Maggiore Hospital, IRCCS Foundation, Italy
Prof. Joerg Gerlach MD, PhD University of Pittsburgh, USA
Prof. Birgit Glasmacher Leibniz Universitaet Hannover, Germany
Dr. Jonathan Himmelfarb University of Washington, USA
Dr. Nicholas A. Hoenich Newcastle University, UK
Dr. Robin Hughes King's College London, UK
Dr.Ing Ulrich Kertzscher Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany
Dr. Ingrid Ledebo Gambro Corporate Research, Sweden
Prof. Edward Leonard Columbia University, USA
Dr. Mona Marei Alexandria University, Egypt
Prof. Dr. Ivan Martin University Hospital Basel, Switzerland
Prof. Bart Meyns Catholic University Leuven, Belgium
Dr. Marco Morra Nobil Bio Ricerche, Italy
Prof. Gerhard Rakhorst University Medical Center Groningen, Netherlands
Prof. Rui Reis University of Minho, Portugal
Dr. Giuseppe Remuzzi Mario Negri Institute, Italy
Dr. Igor Sauer Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany
Dr. Shimon Slavin International Center for Cell Therapy & Cancer Immunotherapy, Israel
Dr. Marco Somaschini Clinica Santâ Anna, Switzerland
Prof. Sergio Stefoni S. Orsola University Hospital, Italy
Dr Hiroyuki Tanaka Showa University Fujigaoka Hospital, Japan
Dr. Visith Thongboonkerd Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University, Thailand
Prof. Raymond Vanholder University Hospital Gent, Belgium
Dr Nostratola D. Vaziri University of California Irvine, USA
Prof. Bart Verkerke University of Groningen, Netherlands
Prof. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic University of Colombia, USA
Dr. Beat Walpoth Geneva University Hospital, Switzerland
Prof. Carmine Zoccali Azienda Ospedaliera Bianchi Melacrino Morelli, Italy
Dr. Joseph Zwischenberger University of Kentucky, USA
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